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ThinkingAloudremains the go-to place for ITS professionals to hear news, opinion and information about the industry and our audience just keeps growing, as Paul Hutton explains


Tikn lu’ hnig Aods Paul

Hutton interviews Larry Rosenshein, vice president of business development for NextBus (a Cubic company) at the ITS Australia Summit in Sydney, where our podcasts provided a valuable insight into the event for attendees and non-attendees alike


resh from our successful reports from Traffex in the UK and ITS America in Nashville, Tennessee,

we then covered the ITS Canada annual meeting in Toronto with podcasts spon- sored by IRD and Traffax. Much as I love Canada and Toronto

in particular, another trip was too much for me to fit in alongside everything else I do, so I’m grateful to Bob McQueen from 0Cash (Kevin Borras’s co-host on our Positive Thinking webinars) for doing the interviews for me on these shows, leaving me the relatively simple job of editing, introducing and then post-pro- ducing them in order to put together the programmes. (It reminded me of the grandee newscasters on either side of the Atlantic who present TV shows like “Tom Tucker Investigates”, where veteran news anchor Tom Tucker simply

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introduces a couple of reports done by junior reporters and pockets a large fee in the process. I think I’m onto something here). The programmes featured the Canadian transport minister, Schneider, Kapsch, STI Tassimico and the head of traffic engineering in Calgary.

DRINKING ALOUD I was there in the flesh in Dublin when Thinking Highways editor Kevin Borras and I visited ITS Europe’s annual meet- ing. We had great sponsorship support for this event from Cubic Transporta- tion Systems, Vitronic and Nicander. We chatted to ERTICO, IBM, Rapp Trans, the British Department for Transport, the always entertaining and informative Eric Sampson. Swarco, Kapsch, Sanef and Ken Leonard, the new director of the US DOT’s ITS JPO. We may, however,

have missed out on a real audio gem of a programme by deciding not to take our recorders to the big night out at the Guinness factory where a lot of Ireland’s famous black stuff was consumed and I suspect some late-night interviews with ITS experts would have made very good listening at a later date! So after a relatively quiet summer,

it’s all systems go now for the last few months of the year. We’re covering two major events in September in two of my favourite cities – the ITS Australia Sum- mit in Sydney and the ITS California annual meeting in San Diego. Among our sponsors for these are Cubic, Aus- tralian company Sensis and the innova- tive video streaming solution QVision from California. At the time of going to press, Kevin is braving the weather in Tokyo at the ITS


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